This is my first colorwork project. It is the Christmas stocking from Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. The books provides a brief lesson on stranded colorwork using both hands, which I understand, but I don't know how to hold the rest of the yarn in my left hand to keep the tension right. I either try to hold it with my ring finger (like I do with my right when I normally knit, throwing) but I keep dropping it and it gets loose. Or I have been wrapping it between and around my fingers like when I crochet, but then it is too tight. I tried watching the video KP provided, but I couldn't see how they where holding, the rest of the yarn attached to the ball. What is the easiest way?
So now from my tension being all over the place it is puckering a little, I am using Wool of the Andes, so will blocking help?
And the red is showing between the white stitches, how can this be avoided? Is this just something that I should expect because I have a lighter color in front and a darker in back? But the picture in the book doesn't have this, so can this also be cured by blocking?
Sorry for all the questions and here is a picture so you can see what I am talking about.